Crompton Worcide Worcester Parks & Recreation Skateboard Park

WORCESTER — When Tyler Hogan was a student at Worcester Academy, Charlie Mull was his English teacher.

Years after graduation, Shakespeare is no longer the subject – skateboard flips and slides are.

On a sunny August morning, the duo could be found with their skateboards at the Crompton skate park, which will officially open to the public in mid-September, according to city spokesman Robert Burgess.

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Still, it’s not uncommon to hear the rumble of skateboards a month before the park officially opens.

The park construction project has been approved by the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission in January 2021, with $2 million allocated in the fiscal year 2021 budget.

Cataldo, Inc. employee Dan Martin of Westminster closes the gate Friday at Crompton Park skateboard park in Worcester after performing contractor work on the park, which is due to open next month.

A revolutionary took place in November 2021.

According to Mull and Hogan, the skate park is already usable, although the city’s Department of Public Works and Parks won’t confirm if the work is complete.

“I like the transitions here,” Hogan, 23, said of the park’s concrete ramps. “They are so sweet. It’s not scary to get into and they’re super easy, fun, and smooth.

DIY

Plans to build the park first surfaced in 2012, but were quickly shelved due to lack of funding.

In 2018, the project found new life following the sudden Worcide DIY upgradea skate park off Washington and Plymouth streets that was built by a group of skateboarders in 2014.

Crompton Park skateboard park is due to open next month.

Because the demolition was done without warning, the town suffered a backlash from the skateboarding community.

Skateboarders at the time believed the surprise demolition was the city’s effort to clean up the area before finalizing a deal to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to Worcester.

City officials said the park should be demolished immediately as it was “an impending disaster” and posed a “serious risk to life safety” as it was located next to a sans encampment. -shelter, pile of rubbish and site of a fire. .

The city also apologized to the skateboarding community for a lack of communication and pledged to work with them on the construction of a new park.

In 2019, Worcide member John Powers told the Telegram & Gazette that plans for a new park were favored by the skateboarding community, although the hard work of the Worcide team could not be replaced. for the demolished park due to its DIY nature.

At the 14,000 square foot skate park in Crompton, skaters will practice their tricks on bowls, rails, hips, quarter pipes, a flow section and a manny pad.

The skate sections form a triangle that also features floor artwork of the city’s logo – a red heart encased in a green crown.

Mull, who had also skated at Worcide, praised the new skating rinks.

“Obviously a DIY park that’s been built by the community is super awesome because it’s built by the real skateboarders and the kids love it,” Mull said. “But this park is much more accessible than anything that has come before. Worcester I think is friendly for beginner skaters.

Worcester's Brett Hagan rolls over a heart-shaped element in a nod to the Worcester town seal at the new Crompton Park skateboard park.

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